Ask Dr. Anna

The Three D’s of Dog Training

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When I was eight years old, my parents adopted a puppy for me from our local humane society. Being an incredibly creative kid, I named her “Puppy.” She was a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix with a lot of attitude and even more energy. Within the first few weeks, she was with us, we decided that she needed to learn some manners. My parents signed me up to take her for dog training. Continue…

Top 5 Myths For Pet Vaccines

pet vaccinesSome individuals are unwilling to vaccinate their pets because they don’t believe in pet vaccines.  Vaccines are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy.  Dr. Anna Coffin will dispel the most common myths and help educate you about the need for preventative healthcare. Continue…

Feline Cystitis: How to Keep Your Cat Out Of The Litter box

feline cystitisHave you noticed your cat in the litter box more than normal during these holiday seasons?  It’s a common complaint that we see at Guthrie Pet Hospital.  Many people think that their cat has a urinary tract infection, but they actually have feline interstitial cystitis.  This week, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss feline cystitis and clear up many misunderstandings. Continue…

A Christmas Story: How To Have A Sensible Cat Christmas

cat Christmas‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the mice were all napping and watching TV, stuffed on the snacks that the cat left for free.

The cat had been busy, but not with his job. Work was beneath him; he turned quite the snob. His focus was keen on the tree tall and bright, his mission: to the summit, by day or by night. Continue…

Top 4 Reasons Why Clients Avoid Cat Vet Visit

cat vet visitI’ve been practicing veterinary medicine for over twenty years and have experienced the entire spectrum of reactions from cat vet visits that you can imagine.  These cat reactions range from “You’re my best friend” to “I want to kill you.”  The cat vet visit that could be right out of a horror flick is just one of the reasons that cat owners don’t like taking their cat to the vet.  In a recent study conducted by Royal Canin, they reported that 92% of cat owners say their cat’s health is important to them, but only half of all cats are taken to the veterinarian by their caretakers on a regular basis.  This week, I will reveal the top four excuses clients use for not taking their cats to the vet and how to resolve these issues. Continue…

Dog Nail Trimming: 3 Tips For A Stress-free Clip

dog nail trimmingIn all my years of experience with grooming, training, and rescuing dogs, I’ve learned that almost nothing causes as much stress for dogs and their owners as dog nail trimming. Dogs who are otherwise sweet and cuddly suddenly turn into snapping, screeching panic-monsters. Owners who love their dogs are afraid to do their nails out of fear that they may hurt their pup—or that, in panic, their dog may hurt them. As a groomer, I’ve trimmed more toenails than you could imagine… and I’ve experienced the full spectrum of reactions from the dogs I work with.  Today, I’ll share a few tips to help both you and your dog become more comfortable with the process of dog nail trimming. Continue…

Living With A Senior Cat: Sylvie’s Story

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Sylvie sleeping in the window

Many of you know our senior cat, Sylvie.  Sylvie loves to play, she is curious about new objects and loves people, kids, dogs and even other cats.  She reigns the entire clinic with her iron claw and melts the heart of anyone she meets.  This year she turned 14, and a few months ago she stopped doing all these things.  Sylvie was losing weight, sleeping more, and not interacting with people and objects like she normally does.  The entire clinic and many of our clients were concerned about her well-being. Continue…

Adventure Cat: The Art Of Feline Hiking

adventure catTrail hikes and sidewalk strolls have long been the exclusive domain of owners and dogs. Not anymore! There has been an increase in interest in cat owners taking their friends out for adventures lately, which has led to the creation of a group of Adventure Cat. These cats have been acclimated to harness, lead, and backpack excursions with their owners. From casual strolls through town hiking the Appalachian Trail these cats have become almost commonplace on many local paths. Continue…

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